We went to Nasu Kogen to the monkey park. It took us about two hours to get there. It was expensive to get in and the highlight was getting into the monkey cages to feed and play with them. At first I was really nervous , not wanting dirty monkeys jumping on me and me thinks Alex felt the same way. But everyone wanted to go in so I did. We had to buy apple pieces for 500 Yen to feed the critters. The first cage was full of lemurs, beautiful fur and striped tail. They jumped from person to person – whoever had the apple pieces. I was scared but Lucy and Emma were just enjoying themselves, hugging the monkeys and feeding them. One or two jumped on me and I was surprised that they were very clean and the cages were clean too.
The second cage was another type of monkey with long black tails and they were cheeky, one wanted to know what was in my purse! And the third cage was full of little monkeys who tried to peel off Alex’s athletic tape wrapped around his wrist, pulled and ate Emma’s fur collar and two or three would jump on me. One monkey was very curious, checking Dave’s camera lenses and looking into it.
There was a theatre with monkey shows but it was not all that great plus we did not understand what the trainers were saying.
We did see our first Red Panda. He was beautiful and busily chomping on bamboo leaves. I wondered what this bear was doing in a monkey’s lair!
Lunch was at a small noodle place. I asked for four bowls of udon and one of soba but when they came there were three bowls of soba so i don’t know where the translation got mixed up. On the way home we stopped at a store with blueberries everything! Mousse, honey, wine, jam, candles and yogurt and ice cream!